American Libraries

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 2, February

ACRL Charts a New Course
One of the core values asserted by the Association of College and Research Libraries in "Charting Our Future: ACRL Strategic Plan 2020" is the commitment to continuous learning. ACRL is dedicated to offering professional development opportunities that...
ALA Dues Increase: What You Should Know
American Libraries asked ALA Treasurer Teri R. Switzer to explain why Association dues should be raised. Here's what she had to say: [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Why the need for a dues increase? ALA's dues have not kept up with inflation and therefore...
Associate Executive Director Gerald Hodges Dies at 61
Gerald Hodges, ALA associate executive director for communications and marketing, died January 10 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago at the age of 61. Hodges was diagnosed with lung cancer last fall, underwent surgery, and returned to work,...
Banned Books Go Back to School
The superintendent of the Carroll County (Md.) Public Schools reinstated to high-school library shelves in mid-January two young-adult novels that he had banned several months earlier. Charles I. Ecker announced January 10 that Carolyn Mackler's The...
Celebrate with Preservation
February is Black History Month, the annual tribute to the contribution of African Americans to the social and cultural development of the United States. Black History Month began in 1926 as "Negro History Week," a celebration started by historian...
Circum Polar Librarians: Serving the Entire Top of the Globe, Arctic Centre Librarians Dissolve Political Boundaries While Working to Save the Region's Resources
Last week they researched the difference between Russian and American oil pipelines. Tomorrow they'll fact-check a journalist's story about arctic warming, or update the database of cell-phone towers in western Siberia. They deliver climate-change...
Congress Extends Patriot Act Five Weeks
Despite vows from President Bush and the Republican leadership to oppose any short-term extension of the USA Patriot Act, 16 provisions of which were set to expire at the end of 2005, the Senate voted December 21 to extend the law another six months...
Currents: Professionals on the Move
Jim Agee has joined the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley as technical services manager for acquisitions/serials. * Pamela S. Bagby became county librarian at Randolph County (Ga.) Library January 9. * December 30 Barbara Barstow retired as...
Get out the Hair Dye-We Really Are Aging: A Survey of ALA Membership Documents Our Demographics
Believe it or not, ALA knows very little about our members except what you tell us when you join or renew your membership. So in 2003 we announced a voluntary survey to collect professional and demographic information about the people who comprise...
Global Reach
UNITED KINGDOM The British Library has added to its website a digital version of Mozart's handwritten musical diary with audio excerpts from 75 of the Austrian composer's best-known works. The library owns the original manuscript, which gives details...
Grassroots Report: Where Reference Librarians Do Rove
ALA's Reference and User Services Association articulates the ideal of getting beyond the reference desk, and in Ohio, public libraries are working to translate these objectives into dynamic reality. RUSA's Guidelines for the Behavioral Performance...
Internet Librarian: This, Too, Is the Internet
While I was watching the news coverage of Hurricane Katrina coming onshore last August, I heard, among a great many shocking things, something that made me do a double take: One of the news anchors on CNN, during the height of the storm, said that...
Military Libraries in a Time of War
Sometimes American Libraries schedules a theme just because we want to learn more about it ourselves. That's kind of why we decided to focus on military libraries in this issue. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I keep thinking back to 2001 and our coverage...
Mission: Access; like Their Civilian Counterparts, Armed Forces Collections Persevere despite Budget Cuts
Last October, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to allow the Department of Defense (DOD) to begin the first round of military base closings approved in May. Under the guidelines from the final report of the 2005 Base Realignment...
Mr. Mitchell and His "Liberry" Girls: A Childhood Recollection of Growing Up atop New York Public Libraries in the 1950s
"SHE lives in the 'liberry'!" my new friends would say with amazement and intrigue. It was the 1950s and I was uncomfortable and self-conscious about living in such a large home surrounded by books, librarians, and silence. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Newsmaker: Straight Answers from Russ Feingold
A champion of civil liberties, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) has been aligned with librarians on many of the most critical issues currently facing the profession. As the only member of the U.S. Senate to vote against passage of the USA Patriot Act in...
Obituaries
Charles F. Cummings, 68, Newark (N.J.) Public Library's assistant director for special collections and statewide outreach, died December 21 after a brief illness. Cummings joined the library in 1963 and became an expert on Newark, authoring or coauthoring...
On My Mind: Citizenship, the Purple Pill, and Libraries
If the Madison Avenue boys know anything, they know demographics. So based on the advertising that supports it--"Ask your doctor about the purple pill"--the audience for the network evening news consists of the old, the infirm, and the simpleminded....
Quick Vids: Mock, Fake, and Faux
The documentary film form has, in a sense, been setting itself up for the big cinematic pratfall ever since Robert Flaherty pursued Nanook across the northern tundra. Unlike purely fictional movies, which ultimately seek simply to entertain us with...
Saluting the Citizen Soldier: Chicago's Pritzker Military Library Honors the Heritage of the Nation's Armed Forces
In downtown Chicago, a few blocks from Michigan Avenue's "Magnificent Mile," stands a small private library that honors the nation's military heritage through means ranging from collecting antiquarian volumes to adopting the latest communications technology....
Strengthening Our Affiliated Body
Some years ago, two strands of interest to American Library Association members came together: an obvious and continuing concern in bettering the pay and working conditions of those who work in libraries and an ever-increasing interest in continuing...
Student Fabricates Homeland Security Book-Watch Story
A University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth student admitted he invented a story about agents of the Department of Homeland Security visiting his parents' home because he had requested a book written by Mao Zedung through interlibrary loan. The unnamed...
Technically Speaking: Dorothy Gets a New Pair of Shoes
A bad ending can easily ruin a good movie. The Wizard of Oz is like that for me. I always wanted Dorothy to reel back on her heels and snarl at Glinda the supposedly good witch: "What do you mean, I've had the power to go home all along?! You're telling...
Thus Said ... How the World Sees Us
"Without the library, I would have remained a destitute person, intellectually and spiritually.... On a very deep level, Ugandans now sense that libraries are more important than ever because there is a hunger for information. This hunger is beginning...
Town Helps Restore Libraries Hit by Katrina
A group of volunteers from State College, Pennsylvania, spent three days in early January helping to restore the Long Beach (Miss.) Public Library, one of the libraries hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in August (AL, Oct. 2005, p. 14-25). This was the...
Will's World: Is Love's Labor a Loss for Libraries?
One of the ongoing debates in our profession is how--or whether--libraries should use unpaid volunteers. It's a debate that I don't think will ever end. There are three basic groups into which librarians fall regarding the use of volunteers. The...
Working Knowledge: Mastering the Group Interview
Consider these questions: A) My manager has decided to include staff members in interviews for new employees. What should I ask a potential new coworker? B) Our board is hiring a new director. The recruiter suggests board members interview the...